Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 5214 TRIPS AND VISITS Envision Coaching Session – problem solving and resilience On the evening of Thursday 29th January 2016, seventeen students from year 12 took part in a coaching session organized by Tim Knappett (Corporate Partnerships Executive, Envision) and Natalie Nakkas (Envision Coordinator), which brought together company directors, project managers and engineers from Interserve to teach our students a number of essential project management skills. The session took place at Interserve offices in Erdington, which served to give the students a window into the world of corporate meetings through which they experienced, however briefly, decision making about the direction of their own projects and resolved a number of outstanding project management issues, including clash of ideas and office politics. Not only did the students benefit from the advice given freely to them by the highly experienced team from Interserve, they also voiced their own concerns about the challenges ahead. In order to methodically tackle each challenge, the students collaborated with their assigned mentors from Interserve, and under the direction of Tim and Natalie (Envision) managed to identify and discuss possible solutions to the following key challenges: • Team cohesion • Making a measurable and lasting impact • Budget management • Fundraising techniques • Goal setting, monitoring and achievement This highly interactive and engaging session was concluded by Ross Mather (Strategic Development Director) and Tom Martin (Project Engineer) from Interserve introducing the students to their new £100 million headquarters, currently under construction near Birmingham International Airport. They also invited our students to join them for a final coaching session on-site at their new headquarters on 17th March 2016. Mr Ahmed Envision Community Apprentice Programme On the 3rd November, twenty five Year 12 students took part in the first mentoring session of the Community Apprentice programme between HGS and Interserve. This is an exclusive programme offered by Envision, which only runs at selected schools in London, Bristol and Birmingham. We are pleased to continue working closely with senior executives from Interserve to support our students with their community projects. Interserve is a multi- billion pound global firm that operates as one of the world’s foremost support services and construction companies. Aims of the session were to: • Build a sense of team • Explore skills that can be developed this year, and their relevance to the work place • Set a skills goal for each young person • Give mentors an overview of the issues the students have chosen to tackle and allow mentors to give advice and feedback at this stage The session kicked off with some speed interviewing, with students and mentors getting to know each other and finding common ground; chatting about topics such as “Who inspires you and why?” and “What is/was it like to be 16?”. The second activity involved Tom Martin, a Senior Engineer at Interserve, giving an introduction to the business and explaining his credentials and those of his colleagues who attended the session (for more information about Interserve, please visit was then followed by students and mentors being divided into groups to explore the skills that the mentors use in their daily roles. They worked together to categorise these under the six core skills that young people will develop on the Community Apprentice Programme: Organisation, Teamwork, Leadership, Resilience and Problem solving, Empathy, and Communication. The mentors supported the students to choose one skill to focus on this year, and together they came up with a brief action plan and set goals to help them increase their personal development in this area. After sharing this with the group, selected students from each group presented an overview of the issue they had chosen to explore and why it was important to them. This was then followed by mentors engaging the two teams to help them come up with three SMART targets to help them advance their projects and make good progress towards achieving their goals. Feedback from Steve Dannan, Mentor and Head of Innovation at Interserve: “It was amazingly uplifting to hear how passionate both teams are about their projects, and I’m really looking forward to seeing their projects develop over the next few months.” Each team produced an early draft of their promotional video to introduce their project. These videos can be found at: Team Mentality: Team Concept: Apprentice Programme On the 3rd November, twenty five Year 12 students took part in the first mentoring session of the Community Apprentice followed by students and mentors being divided into groups to